When we look at Scripture there are two kinds of calls: the external call (universal /resistible), and the internal call (limited / effectual). Today I'll describe the external call. This is addressed to all, "To you, O men, I call; and my cry is to the children of man" (Prov. 8:4). Christ calls all mankind to repentance, … Continue reading The External Call
While many of us may have heard this question from someone who doesn’t believe in God or at least not the one presented in Scripture, it is a bit different when it comes from a Christian. For many in evangelical Christianity this is an argument that has been settled since the mid-twentieth century, and in … Continue reading Do We Really Believe in the Bible?
This past Thursday, and really this weekend, was the official beginning of the NFL season for 2015-2016. Was it just me or did it seem to take a lot longer this year to actually get here? Any who, I have a caution for all of you NFL fans as the season is now underway. In … Continue reading A Caution to All NFL Fans…
It's a fact that Christians now believe we must earn the right to share the gospel. Therefore most Christians think of evangelism as starting friendships where the aim is to cultivate trust to the point where a conversation about the gospel would be natural and comfortable. Is this a Biblical way to think about evangelism? … Continue reading Must We ‘Earn the Right?’ to Share the Gospel?
Calvinists are often shunned or frowned upon for placing lots of weight on the doctrines of God’s sovereignty. One of the critiques is that Calvinistic doctrine does not lead anyone to any kind of evangelistic zeal, or burden to see men come to Christ. Have you ever heard this kind of thinking? I have, more … Continue reading Evangelism: the Gathering of the Elect
Philemon 1:6 says, "I pray you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ." Explaining what this means is vastly important, not only for the unbeliever who is hearing the gospel, but for the believer who is sharing the gospel. … Continue reading Sharing our Faith is For Our Benefit
From Banner of Truth: Francis of Assisi has little to answer for. Although the quotation of ‘preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary’ has been attributed to him, the historical truth of the matter is that Francis was a prolific gospel preacher. However, in a contemporary world of increasing political (and seemingly ecclesiastical) … Continue reading Evangelism is Speaking – It Doesn’t Happen by Osmosis
It is almost a fact that most Christians now believe that the "right" to share the gospel must be earned. Therefore most Christians think of evangelism as starting friendships where the aim is to cultivate trust to the point where a conversation about the gospel would be natural and comfortbale. Is this a Biblical way … Continue reading Must We “Earn the Right” to Share the Gospel?
One major critique I've received of reformed theology is that is does not foster a desire to evangelize. Is this true? Not at all. It is a straw man argument people make who are opposed to thinking hard about the deep things of God. In Acts 18:9 God tells Paul, "Do not be afraid, but … Continue reading Election Ought to Produce Evangelism
We must ignore the world’s opinions and the satanic lies that effect Christians in the marketplace and communicate the gospel by using words! Words are fundamentally necessary in proclaiming the gospel to this world, especially in the business world. Since the time of the prophets in the Old Testament all the way up to Jesus … Continue reading Laborers in the Marketplace (cont…)
The Broader Solution It is time that the confessing followers of Jesus Christ engage in the battle against Satan, this evil world, and against our very own flesh. This war does not look like the most current computer generated game with guns, knives, and bombs. No it is spiritual warfare by nature that is not … Continue reading Laborers in the Marketplace (cont…)
"If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself." --C.S. Lewis from The Weight of Glory In the world of business the saying goes, “Time is money!”, so in that regard I’ll get straight to the point. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you are a laborer … Continue reading Laborers in the Marketplace
The fifth mark of all healthy Christian churches is just what the title of this blog says - the thing most of us don't want to do. Why? Some are scared too, others never want to be in a position where they could be embarrassed, while others just don't know how to do it. It … Continue reading The Fifth Mark – The Thing You Don’t Want to Do
Have you heard someone say, "Preach the gospel, if necessary use words."? I have. It's often been attributed to Francis of Assisi. Is this right or historically accurate? No. Not only is this wrong attributed to St. Francis, it is completely un-Biblical. Listen to Glenn Stanton explain: Note: FactChecker is a new monthly series in … Continue reading FactChecker: Misquoting Francis of Assisi
In reading recently I came to Deuteronomy 5. Moses here is repeating the Law for Israel, who is just about to cross over into Canaan to possess what God has given them. After repeating the ten commandments, God says the following in 5:29, “Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would … Continue reading “O’ That They had Such a Heart in Them!”